Marisol Ni­chols

The Riverdale ac­tress and hu­man­i­tar­ian, 45, cre­ated a foun­da­tion to help put an end to mod­ern-day slav­ery

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Hu­man traf­fick­ing is alive and well in Amer­ica. I started learn­ing about it while vol­un­teer­ing with hu­man rights groups. One young woman was 19 when she was ap­proached at the mall and asked to join a mod­el­ing agency. She was given a fake busi­ness card and in­ter­viewed at a restau­rant. Af­ter she sensed the sit­u­a­tion was off, she went to her car and a van was wait­ing there to kid­nap her. She was traf­ficked for nine months through­out the U.S. I started the Foun­da­tion for a Slav­ery Free World in 2015 to help spread aware­ness. All do­na­tions are used for ed­u­ca­tional events, res­cue mis­sions and care pack­ages for vic­tims. I’ve been able to part­ner with law en­force­ment to go on un­der­cover op­er­a­tions to lure pe­dophiles out of hid­ing. Vol­un­teer with res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions and be­come aware of the signs of some­one who may be in­volved in traf­fick­ing. Re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious you see. It only takes one call to make a dif­fer­ence.

Right: Ni­chols speaks at the Youth for Hu­man Rights Sum­mit in 2017.

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